NC Lawmakers Aim For Budget With $900M More Taxes

House and Senate negotiators are getting closer to North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's request to raise more taxes.

Democratic leaders said Thursday they're assembling a final budget that would increase revenues by $900 million for the year starting July 1 and $1.3 billion the following year.

That's closer to the $1 billion to $1.5 billion extra that Perdue asked them to raise. Budget writers say it will be difficult to craft a package unless there's enough Democrats willing to pass it.

The Senate's tax proposal would expand services subject to the sales tax and reducing deductions while lowering income and sales tax rates. The plan also would raise $274 million by taxing electricity at 6.75 percent, not the current 3 percent.

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  • by elvisneedsaloan on Jun 21, 2009 at 02:44 PM
    NEVER ENOUGH---NEVER ENOUGH! Do these thieves in Raleigh understand what they are doing to the taxpayers of this state? How much longer do they think that we the people are going to tolerate this extortion and duress? Leave our hard earned money ALONE!!!
  • by John Location: Jacksonville on Jun 19, 2009 at 01:58 PM
    Question: How can our so call leaders that works for the people in this state raise taxes when ever and as much as they want. Our Forth fathers had a tea party due to taxes. No time in history has taxes help the people or the country. But then I guess our leaders do not pass history class. Taxes does nothing But starts hate and hurt. STOP OVER SPENDING MY HARD EARN MONEY!
  • by Wilma Location: demikrate, WA on Jun 19, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    This is the "change" you people all voted for, remember that!!!! You drank the democrat Kool-Aid.....
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Wow! I don't remember Bev saying in all those ads that she was going to have to raise taxes to get us out of our debt or to pay the State's bills. Smart move, there would of been no way of being elected. You (Bev) have taxed the citizens of NC way too much! Guess you haven't realized that you are going to only make it one term. Any Democrat that supports you has lost their mind or they are on your payroll so the increase doesn't affect them. It's time to drill for oil off the coast and do like Alaska who pays their citizens to live there off of the profit of oil and energy.
  • by carrie Location: greenville on Jun 19, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    i am so disturbed by this i cant think of anything to say, more cutbacks are needed to solve the problems, we already pay the highest gas tax in this part of the states, increasing the tax rates is not the answer, where are her advisors, i cant believe they are advising her to do this, bev your killin us.for years i have thought about leaving the state, this is sealing the deal, this is not fair
  • by MSgt., USMC(Ret) Location: Kinston on Jun 19, 2009 at 06:29 AM
    I have to balance my budget with cutbacks, and the state needs to do the same. Gov. Perdue wants to balance the state's butget by cutting my budget past the 'able to live' point. We must cut teaching positions, and all other budgets within this state instead of taxing citizens beyond their ability to survive.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: USSA on Jun 19, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    Comrade "Fed up", Comrade Bev is still on a spending spree with a credit card. Of course, you and I will have to pay it back. This state is taxing the residents like no other state. If you voted these irresponsible children in office, its you fault. If you voted straight democratic ticket, take a bow. See what you have done? You will feel this pain of new taxes from the state and feds coming. At a time when we should tighten the belt, we are binging.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    There's around 11-12 million people living in NC, give or take.Not sure how many of those people file fed/state taxes. They are trying to increase revenues by $900 million? Thats just an increase! I'm not much of an accountant, but those numbers seem like they couldn't work.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    Our brillant Senators and House members at work. Spend it like you can get print it! Cut the education budget. Cut the pork, cut the House and Senate budget...come on be creative and get your hand OUT OF MY POCKET!!!
  • by Fed up Location: Aurora on Jun 18, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Let's hear it for Comrade Bev. What's it been now 5 months since she took over from Comrade Easley? Bev, are you trying to compete with Nobraino to see who can do the worst damage to the few who still have jobs? Or is it really true about blondes? It's not enough that we have to pay a surcharge for fuel on our electric bill, now you want to more than double the tax on it. Why don't you tax food stsmps,welfare checks, and charge a fee for all those free rides? Instead of paying unwed girls to have babies, make them pay the medical cost and buy their own formula to feed them. And while your at it you and your nazi regime should pay your own utility bills, and buy your own gas for your own vehicles. Just how many cars does the state own that us taxpayers have bought and are buying gas for someone to ride around in. You know what? This expense alone would just about cover the $1.5 billion you want. By the way, how's the new pier at Nags Head and the new Lodge at Mattamuskeet coming along?

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